re: Poker & Question
I don't have a big problem with it, and I would ask anyone that thinks that minors shouldn't be allowed to gamble where you draw that line?
When I was growing up, we used to play cards every time we went to my grandma's house for pennies and nickels, games like Seven Card Stud, Five Card Draw, Hi-Lo, High Chicago, etc., and it was good fun. All of us had our own vinyl bank bags with our names on them and our change in it that we left at her house, and that was our "bankroll" that never left her house (even after she passed away). In high school, my friends and I used to play a lot of the same games (for higher stakes) but it was fun and none of our parents minded if we played at one of our homes. I've known people that would give their kids, nieces and nephews, or grandchildren, etc. scratch-off lottery tickets for birthdays or other occasions.
Are all of those things wrong, b/c they are all forms of gambling. Like a lot of things, I think that how parents approach this issue with their kids is the most important thing. You can teach your kids how to play responsibly, IMO.